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Warsteiner Premium DunkelWarsteiner Premium Dunkel

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Warsteiner Brauerei

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-26-2001

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Photo of jsisko01
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a very dark, almost black color with an inch thick light brown head that dissipates instantly.

Smell - Brown sugar, somewhat grassy, caramel, and lightly toasted.

Taste - Similar to the smell.. Brown sugar, small hints of toffee, barley, and a strong caramel finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with Medium carbonation.

Overall - Sweet and creamy. That's how I'd describe this beer

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Photo of John
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A nice full flavored German dunkel. Roasted malt predominates. Went well with a char-grilled sirloin burger with a slab of red onion on it and green salad with olive oil, balsamic vinegar and crumbled bleu cheese.

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Photo of jeremyd365
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a solid dark chocolately color with little head. Smelled rich of malt, maybe a little hops, but nothing entirely destict. It tasted pretty good, but again, nothing too distict in the flavor. It felt medium to almost thin my my mouth but was a pretty drinkable beer to go with the tacos I was having for dinner.

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Photo of Chadbrew
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Recommended via the beer guy at Liquid Assets.
Pours out a clear reddish-brown with a very nice two fingers of head that rather quickly drops to a ring around the rim and fine lacing. The aroma is rather subdued with a solid malt backbone and just a wisp here and there of earthy and spicy hops, very light though. Sweet and crisp is what I get initially then it's mostly over with just a bit of bitterness lingering in the finish, I find it very refreshing. Good body from what I believe is a bunch of Munich Malt. Drinkability is pretty damn good.
Overall impression is that I feel it'll take me very little effort to finish the six pack tonight, it's the sort of beer that is unobtrusive enough to not have to take center stage yet I find myself looking at it every so often and admiring it's complex yet humble character.

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Photo of Byeast
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a mildly hazy ,deep mahogany-brown , with a half inch , off-white head. Smell is malty and slighly buttery , hints of raisin bread , some faint hops. Taste is crisp but rich maltiness , again some raisin qualities , some diacetyl / caramel , slight dark fruit-bread flavors , some balancing hops but not very bitter at all. Quite delicious! Mouthfeel is light and smooth with a bready aftertaste coating the tongue for a second. I found this Dunkel lager to be quite tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark cherry red color with an thin off tan head.

S: Some dark caramel, rasins, and dried cherries on nose.

T: Sweet dark caramel flavor that is dry and complex and very rich. Some earthy woody notes, faint smokiness and bread notes as well. Some rum raisin and spicy alcohol on the finish along with a dark cherry caramel tingle

M: Thin body but big flavor with a light mouthful.. Very good malt complexity.

D: Very drinkable and light per style but overall the malt complexity and flavor makes this beer stand out.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Warsteiner Premium Dunkel has dark brown colour and a good 1 cm head when poured. It maintains good lacing. The smell is malty with a hint of sweet chocolate. The taste is grainy with a hint of sourness to begin with but gets more interesting and the end with roastiness and a hint of chocolate. This beer is quite foamy and thick in the mouth. Overall, a very nice brew.

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Photo of Gavage
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bronze in color with thick head that strangely produced no lacing. The aroma was of light roasted malt. The flavor was of roasted malt, caramel, and some bitterness. This beer was on the much lighter side of what should be a medium bodied dunkel.

The mouthfeel was thin and somewhat watery. This creates a very drinkable dunkel, and could be a decent afternoon session beer that won't weigh you down.

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Photo of ZAP
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Really a nice looking beer...deep, dark brown with some ruby highlights..perfect light tan fluffy head on top..

S-I really pick up a lot of mineral elements from the water used...toffee..light caramel breadiness..

T-The mineral water notes again are high...almost metallic but in a good way...it is certainly not a turnoff at all...the toffee is also there with a little breadiness...

M-Medium bodied but more rounded than crisp....

D-Low abv...nice overall character...not watery in the least....I see this as an excellent session beer. Good stuff..

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Photo of stlsportster
3.94/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this dunkel. Poured a bit reddish brown into a tall beer mug. Not much head by the time the waitress got it to me and no lacing.

Smooth taste, malty, not a real heavy flavor... Fairly thin and light for a dunkel IMHO.

Wish the ABV was higher..,but with that 4.9 this light tasty dunkel could be a session beer.

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Photo of Grunewald
3.94/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - poured from a 500ml can into a pilsner glass. It pours clear ruddy burnt orange (vibrant) with an off white head that subsides quickly.

S - faint roasted malt, dried dark fruits, orange/grapefruit rind and celery

T - sweet roasted malt, light cookie flavor (molasses), dried dark fruit and a spice finish with a hint of dark bread/muffin

M - medium carbonation, medium body, viscous, and wet finish that feels a bit too heavy/sticky. The finish also warms the throat.

D - the settling of the flavor/mouthfeel after the carbonation dissipates is cumbersome but the finish is great

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Photo of brentk56
3.94/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear mahogany color with a small head; decent retention and considerable lacing

Smell: A whiff of toasted malt

Taste: Toasted malt flavors dominate, with a hint of caramel and a subtle nutty flavor; the finish is dry and slightly bitter

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very clean and drinkable; well-made

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Photo of abarquerov
3.94/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Very nice color, deep dark brown, clear but you can't see through the glass. Almost no head.

S: The aroma jumps right out of the glass into your nose. Some caramel/toffee notes, dark chocolate, malts.

T: Great taste, similar to the taste. Dark chocolate-caramel, coffee, roasted malts. I'd describe it as a deep flavor.

F: Slightly creamy with due carbonation.

Overall, it's one of my favorite beers. Affordable, great taste, great dark lager.

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Photo of Tyler_Sly
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has a feel like that of a saison and the color of a pale ale. At first, it reminded me of wheat beers and hefeweizen beers. But the slightly astringent and dry aftertaste were similar to the Springstreet Saison from Avondale Brewery. This would be great with a light tasting, baked appetizer.

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Photo of gotweid
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 12 pack of bottles for $16 with a best on date of 4/14/08. Pours a very dark, rusty brown that you can see through if held up to the light. Average head and nice lacing. Smells of a slightly overcooked grain? That description really doesn't do it justice, but that's what I smelled. You pick up the aroma nicely on every sip This is a very nice, medium bodied, smooth beer. The smoothness caught me by surprise. It's a little dry and has a pleasant aftertaste. This drinks very easily. I caught myself drinking the 2nd bottle too fast. I think that's a good sign. I really enjoyed this brew. Very much worth it. Highly recommended. hic....

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Photo of megahurts4
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Warsteiner Dunkel
On tap at Lagers in Metairie, LA

Appearance: dark brown, medium head, good lacing.

Smell: grains, subtle hops.

Taste: grains, subtle hops, slight honey, slight brown sugar.

Mouthfeel: light and slightly watery.

This is a great session beer. Plenty of flavor and smoothness keep this one a great choice.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark mahogany brown in color, very thick and coarse off-white head on pouring, slowly settles to a paper-thin layer. Lots of sticky lace, slight carbonation.

Aroma: Slightly sweet aroma of toasted dark malt.

Taste: Opens with a little sweet caramel and then toasted malts, soon followed by a faint earthy flavor. As the taste progresses, the roasted malt dominates, carrying the taste to its close

Mouth feel: Soft to the taste, with a little stinging carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A simple and pleasing example of the style. Over thirteen years, my opinion of Warsteiner Premium Dunkel has not changed.

Presentation: Packaged in a 330 ml (11.2 ounce brown glass long-neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice. "Best before" date is "17.DEC.15".

Review of 07-04-2002:

Appearance: Dark mahogany brown in color, very thick and coarse off-white head on pouring, slowly settles to a paper-thin layer. Lots of sticky lace, slight carbonation.

Aroma: Slightly sweet aroma of toasted dark malt.

Taste: The taste is very smooth, begins with a little sting of carbonation, then sweet toasted malts, followed by a mild flush of sweetness, finishes with very faint mild hops.

Drinkability/notes: This beer matches quite well with barbecue. Beer is, generally speaking, the fusion of malts and hops. Some beer drinkers are devoted worshipers of hops, for others, beer is all about the malts. I fall into this latter camp, and so like this beer very much.

Freshness information stated best by 2003-03-05.

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Photo of kgotcher
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice dark amber color with offwhite head with decent retention and steady carbonation.

Aroma is sweet with toasted bread. Nice mid to lightl mouthfeel with some astringency in the finish due to the dark malts used.

Flavor is simple and sweet with toasted bread and hint of chocolate, very light hop flavor comes across in the finish.

A very enjoyable beer if not the most complex. Still I really enjoy the clean and crisp feel of a lager while still having more depth and flavor than a typical light lager.

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Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love Warsteiner so I went out and tried the Dunkel as well.

Pours a clean brownish read, alot of head but dissapated fairly fast over only a few minutes, not really an issue here.

Smell is interesting here, smells alot like coffee, in fact, the coffee scent is very dominating, maybe a hint of sweetness.

Again with the coffee for taste. Sweet up front with some flavor and a smooth coffe finish, malty aftertaste, nice all around.

Mouthfeel is about average, weight is fine but nothing special, carbonation is right on.

Drinkability is good, I'd do it again, great with snacks.

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Photo of riversider76
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown,with a redish hue. Tan head disappears quickly,and not much lacing. Smell is of carmel and malt. Mouthfeel is thin,with a bit of carbination. Flavor is sweet,and a bit roasted. This beer is light,but has a good flavor. Very drinkable.Try it!

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at a friends wedding Saturday. I must say I had no problems drinking this all night, they had a few other German brews Dab, Warsteiner Pils which is also decent. But this dunkle offered the most I think. It may not compare to some other dunkles but nothing bad about it. Pours a clear dark brown/almost black. The head is a tan/brown color, very small but creamy. Taste was is slightly more assertive on tap.On the palate there is a slight malty sweetness that is enjoyable, slight fruitiness, and slight bitterness also.
Mouth feel is slightly watery but smooth.
Overall a good beer for the price, I believe a case is around $20 in Philly.
I'm just happy they did not only have Coors Light, and Miller Light at the Banquet hall.

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Photo of jdmorgan
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very deep and rich brown with a small white head.

The smell had roasted malt and hop aromas, with a bit of nuttiness as well. The taste had a full malt body with roasted nut flavors and a medium hop profile. The roasted flavors came through very well in this brew. The carbonation is medium and the consistency is medium/thick.

It's a pleasant beer overall. The roasted nose is unique, and it's a decent dunkel. Worth a try for sure.

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Photo of tozz8
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A--Dark Ruby color with a 1 finger, fluffy off white head. Little to no lacing

S--Bread and caramel malts

T--Bread and caramel malts here, too. nice dry finish with a pleasant caramel-chocolatey aftertaste

M--Medium body with low carbonation. The more i drink this, the more i am reminded of a dopplebock with less flavor

D--Highly drinkable. Plenty of flavor with a little bit of complexity. nice low ABV. Would make a great sessin beer.

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Photo of AleMan66
3.96/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I poured this from a bottle into a clear teardrop glass. It's a dark reddish amber with a one finger head. It's a very nutty taste. I like it a lot. Maybe a little under carbonated. Great flavor!

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz bottle, best by date February 06, 2016. My first review of a Warsteiner beer. My label lists a 4.80% abv. Acquired a single bottle as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Pours a garnet brown with hues of cola / red showing through when held to the light. One finger of frothy off-white tan head. No real lacing sticks. Looks nice nonetheless.

S - Light but roasty. Toasty malts, brown bread, chocolate, & nuttiness.

T - Flavor follows the nose: toasted malts, brown bread, chocolate, cream, and some nuttiness. Simple, but a refined taste. I am actually really enjoying this. Mild notes of minerals / well water in the finish.

M - The feel is smooth & creamy. A light body with good crisp carb.

Overall, a pleasant roasty Dunkel beer from Warsteiner. Surprisingly enjoyable.

Warsteiner Dunkel -----4/5.

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Warsteiner Premium Dunkel from Warsteiner Brauerei
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